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Old 03-05-2015, 04:59 PM   #1
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Escape from the cold - Southwest Rental Ride

Howdy folks - I promised a few inmates that I'd post a quick RR of my recent fly and ride in the southwest.
No fancy talk, but hopefully a few pics with descriptions.

We flew from Montreal to Las Vegas to start the trip.
The next morning we picked up a 2012 Goldwing at Eagle Rider Honda and headed west towards Death Valley.

I really like riding in DV


First night stay at Panamint Springs


I love how you can see the milky way with the naked eye - sorry, no tripod for cool star photos, but I managed to snap a shot of the moon by using a big rock to steady the camera.


Morning sun at the resort


The ride out of Panamint valley on 190 is fun.

There's a turnout and historic plaque at the top of the first rise


That's right folks, we'll be here all week


190 takes a left turn at Owens Lake


178 towards Bakersfield at the south end of Sequoia National Forest








58 heading towards Santa Margarita






Pismo Beach (sorry, forgot camera in motel room - just one pic with cellphone)


The next day called for showers from Pismo all the way south past Los Angeles, so we headed north up Hwy 1.

Big Sur






California sunset at Monterey Bay




The next several days my camera never managed to find its way out of the sidebag - sorry guys, I was just riding and enjoying life.
I did pull it out again after another 1000 miles when we got back to Las Vegas and took a side trip through Valley of Fire.






Cheers!
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:11 PM   #2
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That motorcycle is bigger than my car !!! It must have been very expensive to rent. I would not even want to think what they would charge if you dropped it...

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Old 03-06-2015, 04:39 AM   #3
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No argument here Jett - after spending a week on it, I can honestly say I tried very hard to like the bike but would not recommend.
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No argument here Jett - after spending a week on it, I can honestly say I tried very hard to like the bike but would not recommend.
Hmmm....I absolutely love mine. Guess that is why there are so many choices available to us.
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Hmmm....I absolutely love mine. Guess that is why there are so many choices available to us.
Yeah, they are all good !! It would be an experience to try something that big... I like a variety, which is why I ride everything from a 100 to a 650.

BTW< Really awesome pictures, wish I was riding out there , on anything :)

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Old 03-07-2015, 06:34 AM   #6
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No offence intended Ol Man - the bike had many good qualities and of course Honda's reliability.
It was just too darn big and heavy for me.

I chose it as a compromise for the missus, I needed something that she would be comfortable riding around on for a week.
Turns out it was a poor choice - she was uncomfortable after an hour and had very poor visability; couldn't see over or around me, only to the sides.

I have to think the reason it did not suit us better has much to do with our own bikes.
Our stable at home includes 70cc Super Cub, CT110, 250 Sherpa, XR650L, 650 Ninja and ZG14 Concours.
This was our first experience with a big touring bike.

It was not my intention to complain about the bike - the vacation was a terrific experience and we were both amazed at the diversity of California.
Surprisingly few bikes were out on the roads, but I think it was a bit early in the season being the last week of February.

I would recommend Eagle Rider Honda to anyone thinking about renting a bike in Vegas - very nice bunch of people.
I would also recommend MAD maps and Butler maps to help pick out the best motorcycling roads.
My insurance company added an extra coverage for renting any vehicle including motorcycles - it costs me $60 a year. This helped keep the rental cost down.

I'd be happy to answer any questions about the experience.
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